Deeply seasoned, easy to slice, juicier than any turkey breast you've ever tasted, bone-free, and covered in crisp skin: If the best flavor is what you're going for, this is truly the ultimate Thanksgiving roast.
Make the Rub
Garlic, peppercorns, fennel seed, sage leaves, red pepper flakes, and salt go into the food processor to make the cure that gets rubbed onto the turkey
Check out the full recipe for more detailed procedures.
Prepare the Breast
Remove the Skin
This is the most difficult step. The goal is to remove the skin in as large a piece as possible. Work slowly to gently pull away the skin from the whole breast without tearing or puncturing it.
Use Your Knife
You'll probably have to use your boning knife occasionally to help gently pull the skin away from particularly stubborn spots.
You should end up with a large piece of skin that is roughly square in shape.
Pull out the Wishbone
Next, remove the wishbone by cutting along both sides of each branch of the Y-shaped bone with the tip of your knife.
Pull the Wishbone
Cut out Wing Joints
Use the tip of your knife to cut through the ball joint where the wings meet the breast bone.
Remove the breast meat from the carcass using your hands.
I find it easiest to use my fingers to do this, working the meat away from the bone with my fingertips and thumbs.
You can also use a knife if you find that easier.
Trim the Skin
Trim off any large pockets of fat from the underside of the skin using your knife.
Ready to Roll
Butterfly the Breast
Lay one breast half on top of the skin, remove the tenderloin (it should come off with no knife required) and set it aside for another use. Then using your boning knife, butterfly the thicker side of the breast half and fold it outwards so that the whole breast lies relatively flat.
Repeat with the second breast half and you should end up with a relatively even layer of breast meat on top of the skin.
Rub the prepared cure into the flesh, making sure to get it into all of the cracks.
Lay it Out
Lay out the meat along one edge of the skin. This is the edge that you'll start rolling from (in this picture, it's laid out against the right side).
Start rolling by picking up using the skin to lift up and roll the turkey like a jelly roll. Work slowly to try and keep things as neat and tight as possible.
Tuck it In
The skin should remain on the exterior the entire time (not rolled in with the meat), which means that as you get to the far end, you'll have to tuck the turkey into the roll and pull the skin over it.
Seal it Tight
Try and get the edges of the skin to overlap as much as possible in order to keep the roll nice and tight. Let the roll rest on its seam while you get ready to tie it.
Tie off the turkey at 1-inch intervals. You can use fancy butcher's knots with one long piece of string if you know how, or just use a series of individual pieces of string laid out at 1-inch intervals and tied using simple granny knots.
Tie the turkey along its entire length to help it retain its shape as you cook it.
Ready to Roast
Tie it once the long way, tucking in the edges of the skin to try and keep everything enclosed nicely. For best results, season the turkey at this stage and let it rest at least overnight and up to 2 nights loosely covered in the refrigerator to cure. You can also use all the discarded bones to make a gravy at this stage.
Sear the turkey on all sides in a hot cast iron skillet using some canola oil until it's well browned on all sides. Transfer the turkey to a low oven (about 275°F) and roast until it hits an internal temperature of 145 to 150°F.
Use a set of kitchen shears to cut through and remove all of the twine.
Ready to Carve
Because you cooked it at a low temperature, resting time before serving is very minimal. You can basically carve it straight away if you so desire.
It's completely boneless, so carving even slices is a snap. Slice the turkey at 1/2-inch intervals using a sharp carving knife.
Serve the slices along with some homemade gravy.